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September 10, 2013

Foundation announces board members

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide charitable organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools, has announced the addition of 10 new members to its board of trustees.

Farooq Karim, of Norman, has been named to the board of trustees for the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Karim is vice president and senior director of design for REES Associates, an architecture, planning and interior design firm in Oklahoma City.

An architecture graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Karim has worked more than 20 years at REES and been involved in more than 175 projects in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association and is a LEED accredited professional.

He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and has been an active volunteer in the Make a Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, Cub Scouts, the OU College of Architecture, Allied Arts and the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.

Other individuals appointed to serve three-year terms are Janet Cunningham, president, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva; Kathryn Turner, retired superintendent, Fletcher Public Schools, Blanchard; Susan Winchester, president, Research Institute for Economic Development, Chickasha; Darin Kent, Oklahoma City Market president, Regent Bank; Shelly Lambertz, asset manager, Hamm Capital, Edmond; and N. Georgeann Roye, attorney, Crowe & Dunlevy, Mustang. New trustees from Oklahoma City are Jack H. Coleman, an investments agent, and Mary Marks Jenkins, general counsel, Oklahoma City University.

“We are pleased to welcome these outstanding leaders to our Board of Trustees,” said chairman David L. Boren, who founded the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 28 years ago. “They each bring tremendous talents and a strong commitment to quality public education in Oklahoma, and we look forward to the many contributions they will bring to our foundation.”

Through its Academic Awards Program, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has presented more than $4 million in cash awards to honor outstanding public school students and educators.

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